Dog train­ing How best to train your furry friends to be­have around the yard and horses

Putting some time into train­ing your dog to be­have around horses could trans­form life on the yard. An­drea Oakes finds out how best to go about it

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PIC­TURE the typ­i­cal yard dog and an obe­di­ent pooch prob­a­bly springs to mind — the sort that comes when called out hack­ing, keeps his muddy paws off your clean white breeches and curls up qui­etly in the lorry cab for trips away.

The re­al­ity can be quite dif­fer­ent, ac­cord­ing to Sue MacFar­quhar, a dog trainer and be­haviourist based in West Wales who runs Lam­peter and Dis­trict Dog Train­ing.

“Many dogs are not un­der con­trol and are not as obe­di­ent as they should be,” she says. “We’ve all seen yard dogs that bark and jump up at vis­i­tors, eat ma­nure or get un­der the horses’ feet while they’re be­ing fed. Peo­ple in­vest hun­dreds in train­ing their horses, yet many don’t know how to train their dog or just don’t put in the time.”

Add a naughty dog into the yard mix and ac­ci­dents can hap­pen all too eas­ily.

“A dog can be kicked or even killed,” says Sue, adding that ca­nine-re­lated in­ci­dents can also put horse and rider at risk. “Ev­ery dog should be trained — the process is nowhere near as time-con­sum­ing or ex­pen­sive as train­ing a horse. A dog who is obe­di­ent, re­li­able and well-be­haved is a plea­sure to be around. It’s well worth the ef­fort.”

SO where should an owner start? You may have a dog al­ready, of course, but thought should ide­ally be given to the type or breed most likely to fit in.

“De­cide what you need him for,” says

Sue. “Do you want him to look im­pos­ing for

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